Update January 28
Mason's saliva-based, rapid-result test is part of the university's comprehensive plan to track and control the virus on campus. @George Mason University announces it is introducing a rapid-result, saliva-based COVID-19 test that will greatly expand testing capabilities on its campuses this spring. The effort, led by Mason’s faculty, is part of a comprehensive program to better track and control the virus on campus. See the video.
Update: January 21, 2021
George Mason University is welcoming students back to campus on Jan. 25 for the start of the spring semester. Students, faculty and staff are asked to remember the steps that enabled Mason to have some of the lowest numbers of COVID-19 cases among Virginia's large universities during the fall. Learn more about what's planned. Watch the video.
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Update: September 25, 2020
Mason Nation is always up for a challenge, and right now we are meeting it head on. Mason’s commitment to the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is unwavering.
Update: September 22, 2020
Last week, George Mason University made the decision to test our most at-risk population—our residential students—to see if there was any significant impact from the Labor Day holiday. We're pleased to share that with 97 percent of those results in, we have seen a remarkably low rate of transmission: just 11 positive students out of more than 2,400 test results, or a 0.45 percent positivity rate. Read more.
Update: September 17, 2020
George Mason University this week is testing all 3,000 residential students for COVID-19, an effort intended to measure the impact of the Labor Day holiday and manage a likely spike in cases on campuses. Read more.
Update: August 25, 2020
As of the first day of classes Monday, Mason welcomed a record-high 6,863 new students in pursuit of an undergraduate degree—that includes first-time freshmen and those transferring from other institutions. Read what President Washington had to say about the start of the academic year:
Update: August 24, 2020 - Mason COVID Health✓™
Everyone planning to be on campus must complete the health check every day. Find out More.
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Update: July 28, 2020
Fall 2020 will look different at Mason, with decreased density on campus and more online learning. There will be opportunities for in-person learning for students who want to return to the Mason campus, and many other choices for learning online. In all cases, we are prepared to fully pivot to online learning, if public health factors make that necessary.
All faculty, staff, and student workers must complete Safe Return to Campus Training before returning to campus. Learn more.
Update: July 24, 2020
Read about the university's safe plan for the return to campus including steps to take before returning to campus and while back on campus:
Update: July 14, 2020
The programs and schools within the College of Visual and Performing Arts, in conjunction with the Office of Admissions, will be hosting several virtual recruitment events throughout the summer and fall. Please visit the admissions website for the most up-to-date information.
Update: June 24, 2020 - Safe Return to Campus
Mason will start the fall semester as scheduled on Monday, August 24, with a mix of in-person instruction and expanded online classes. Please visit this resource guide to help plan activities and understand changes brought to our university in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.